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Carol

Bodensteiner

author

Welcome! Whether you're a first-time visitor or long-time friend, I'm glad you found your way here. I'm a writer who's inspired by the people, places, culture, and history of the Midwest.

My Books

One of the best things about writing is the opportunity to share experiences with readers. The stories in my memoir and my historical novel encourage readers to recall their own growing up years and the lives of their ancestors, whether they 'grew up country' or not. Because of the stories readers share with me, I've developed a deep appreciation for the value of preserving everyday stories - the fabric of our lives and culture.

Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl

GROWING UP COUNTRY delivers a treat as delicious as oatmeal cookies hot out of the oven—a memoir of a happy childhood growing up on a family farm in the middle of the country in the middle of the 20th Century.

Go Away Home – A novel

Set in World War One-era Iowa, GO AWAY HOME is a captivating coming-of-age novel that explores the enduring themes of family, friendship, and love, as well as death and grief.

Simple Truth 
by Carol Bodensteiner

Simple Truth - A novel

In SIMPLE TRUTH a woman gets the job of her dreams only to find her client may be exploiting immigrant employees. With each new revelation, she finds herself questioning not only the client but also herself. Ultimately, she must answer, How much is she willing to risk to help someone else?

On the Blog

What connects the short stories in a collection?

By Carol / 10 June 2014 / 8 Comments

As I delve into the art of short story writing, I’m also looking at how authors make the stories in a collection cohesive. S.R. Mallery wove together the stories in her book Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads using historical events and the fabric arts. Because she tied together history and short stories…

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What could you learn about leadership and teamwork from geese?

By Carol / 09 June 2014 / 4 Comments

Unexpected visitors to our home last night brought the delights of nature and deeper lessons in leadership and teamwork. As darkness fell, a gaggle of Canadian geese came walking up our drive. Four adults and six goslings who could not yet fly made up the troupe. An adult led the way, followed by three young,…

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